A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling 136 cats and canines into Hong Kong by sea.
Talking to the media on Thursday, the Hong Kong Police Power and the Customized and Excise Division mentioned that the person was arrested late at evening on Wednesday after officers noticed a suspicious speedboat coming into town from Sha Chau – an island within the northwest waters of Hong Kong.
The speedboat tried to flee by heading towards mainland China waters.
After a chase, the speedboat was stopped close to Black Level in northwestern New Territories.
Officers arrested the 30-year-old man for importing unmanifested cargo, cruelty to animals, refusing to cease for inspection and endangering others’ security at seas.
Additionally they seized 136 cats and canines, and the speedboat, which had been estimated to be value round HK$1.4 million (US$ 179,000) all collectively.
The 101 cats and 35 canines had been present in 17 cages. One cage was even filled with 16 cats.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was referred to as to deal with the animals, which at the moment are in secure circumstances. They’re presently being cared for and present process checks by the SPCA and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division.
Customs famous that the cats and canines are younger and pedigree. If smuggled into Hong Kong, they may have been offered for an estimated HK$10,000 (US$1,270) to HK$15,000 (US$1,910) every.
They mentioned it was additionally attainable that the animals had been orders made by way of on-line buying.
Police and customs urged folks to get pets from respected and licensed pet retailers, or take into account adoption.
They added that authorities will determine easy methods to deal with the seized cats and canines after they end assessing their well being.
The SPCA mentioned that it acquired 12 canines and 35 cats on Thursday after a preliminary examination by the veterinarians of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division.
It added that the animals would solely be open for adoption when authorized procedures had been accomplished, which might be no before the minimal quarantine interval of 4 months.
“Throughout investigation of the case, the SPCA will present day by day care and medical therapies for these animals, till we obtain additional discover from legislation enforcement businesses to rearrange adoption for these animals,” it mentioned.
The SPCA additionally urged members of the general public to get essentially the most up to date details about this case by way of information and credible sources because it has been receiving an awesome quantity of enquiries about it.
“We ask to your persistence and chorus from overloading our hotline with enquiries, which can have an effect on emergency requires different animals in pressing want of help,” it added.